This intervention programme centres around body image, negative perceptions and media influences. The media more than at any other time holds a power and influence on how young people see themselves and present themselves. The programme considers; how they see themselves, how they are affected by how they look, who influences them, the negative and positive media messages and how they can regain their strength and self worth.
The intervention can be a challenging one for children and for parents because when we look at the evidence we have all been affected by it to some degree or another. So I would say look at the parent booklet and consider all the points it raises, plus do some research before you begin the programme which will make the whole course more relevant.
WHY THIS INTERVENTION?
Does your child exhibit any of the following behaviours?
(Some may not be connected to the issues within the family or they may be, children often use different coping methods when faced with difficulties)
I think every child would benefit from this intervention especially the following;
Reported issues with diet
Significant purposeful weight loss
Repeated flouting of the school’s uniform code
Obsessed about their body image
LENGTH OF THE INTERVENTION
6 weeks plus one follow up session
BASIC OVERVIEW OF THE INTERVENTIONS
Labels - What do they think of themselves, what do others think and how that all makes them feel.
Feelings - How self aware are they? Have they been bullied, teased or ridiculed; how do their feelings affect their behaviour?
Influences - Who and what influences how they feel and act and how does this affect their lives and choices.
Negative Media -Media influences and how they can impact and influence the individual and society in general.
Positive Media -Taking a fresh look at the media and how some are trying to normalise images and go against the current trend.
Stronger - Getting children to view themselves in a more positive light, looking at positive influences and how confidence manifests itself.
Progress - A review of what progress has been made and how they look at themselves and portrayed images.